We are pleased to announce the winner of Chuck Silverman Memorial Scholarship Drum Battle, held in the Musicians Institute Concert Hall on Feb. 23, 2015!
The top scholarship prize of $1,000 tuition discount (plus $500 of gear and a bag of goodies from Remo) was awarded to finalist Enrico Octaviano, after a multi-round competition of head to head performances. The final winner was chosen by an an A-list judging panel made up of industry heavyweights and MI Drum faculty – Gorden Campbell (guest judge/panelist), Bob Terry (judge/panelist MI Faculty), Donny Gruendler (judge/panelist), Stewart Jean (MI Drum Program Chair), Kenny Aronoff (guest judge/panelist), and Russ Miller (guest judge/panelist).
Our top prize winner, Enrico Octaviano comes to MI from Jakarta, Indonesia with 10 years of playing experience specializing in Pop, Rock, Funk and Fusion genres. Following in the footsteps of his brother (who also studied in MI’s Drum Program), Enrico came to Musicians Institute because, “I want to build a stronger foundation of playing drums and musicianship, be able to make a living as a musician, continue to grow and always having fun playing music”.
The runner-up was Cole Carson from Carthage, Illinois, who cites his main style as Classic Rock, but also “likes to play it all”; and will receive $250 of gear and a bag of goodies from Remo.
Congratulations to Enrico and Cole for being finalists for this prestigious award, and for some very impressive drumming along the way!
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We have taken a bit of a hiatus recently, so we hope that this image fulfills the old adage of “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and makes up for the lack of recent blog posts! Here, we find our Executive Director Marlis among music royalty on the Walk of Fame networking on behalf of music education and Hollywood!
OUR MUSIC is OUR FUTURE
As 2014 comes to a close, (and we’ve just celebrated our 10th anniversary this year)…I’m reminded on a daily basis of all the ways that the students of Musicians Institute and our Grammy Museum Music Education Programs rely on the support of those who understand the power of music education and the important role it plays in our lives. This year we’re pleased to have expanded our reach and partnerships to include Little Kids Rock, and Los Angeles College of Music.
Personal donations, sponsored music industry scholarships, alumni donors and friends like YOU can make professional, college level music education possible for many deserving and talented students. We’ve awarded over $300,000 in scholarships since 2004, and over $73,000 in scholarships to 56 students during 2014.
If you haven’t yet made a contribution to our scholarship fund, I invite you to join us by making a tax-deductible donation NOW to the Musicians Institute Student Scholarship fund administered by The Musicians Foundation.
Click here to donate:
Together, we can accomplish the extraordinary, and make a lasting investment in our future, our culture, and ourselves!
The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music are extremely proud to announce the first-ever Sheila E. Drum Scholarship at MI.
The Sheila E. Drum Scholarship at Musicians Institute has been created to honor the exceptional talents, trendsetting artistic career of recording artist and drum virtuoso: Sheila E. The scholarship is made possible by the generous support of MI’s Alumni to provide opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education, and realize their own creative vision.
The $1,500 scholarship (tuition credit) will be awarded in Spring 2015 to a newly enrolling student (US or non-US citizens) in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Drum) Program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship in any of the following genres: R&B, Funk, Latin, or Pop.
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is February 27, 2015.
Please click here for detailed scholarship information and application.
To learn more about the extraordinary career of Sheila E. click here.
All photos credit to: Toshi Sakurai
Congratulations to all five finalists who performed on November 23rd for a large, enthusiastic crowd and several celebrity judges in the Musicians Institute Concert Hall for the prestigious 13th annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute! When the final votes were tallied, the scholarship prize packages (a total of $24,000 in Musicians Institute tuition discounts and cash) were awarded to:
Top prize winners ($9,000 each in tuition discount and cash): Aliyar Kinik and Bianca Richardson
Sharing the prizes for the three runner-ups ($2,000 each in tuition discount and cash): Mateus Asato, Jihye Byun and Andrea Silva Orozco.
Each scholarship finalist (all are current MI students) took the stage to perform two songs of their choice, and showed tremendous talent and passion playing a range of styles with each performer consistently impressing the audience and A-list judges alike (who characterized the best group of finalists as one of the best in recent memory).
Two musical geniuses share an aside before the show:
Celebrity judges for the evening included music legends: Al Jarreau, Frank Gamble, Paul Jackson Jr., Alphonse Mouzon, Bunny Brunel, Sunnie Paxon, Armand Sabel Lecco, Kennard Ramsey, Byron Miller, David Campbell, Raven Kane, Karl Vincent, and Rich Buccanon.
The audience was also treated to a great short performance by some music heavyweights:
It was time to call the winners to the stage:
On behalf of Stanley Clarke and his wife Sofia (and their continued generous support for this scholarship and music education); everyone at Musicians Institute wants to congratulate the five finalists on their exceptional performances and to thank all of the families, friends and bandmates for their invaluable support.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to support the Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation please visit http://stanleyclarke.org/
To make a tax-deductible contribution to support student scholarships at Musicians Institute please visit our non-profit: www.themusiciansfoundation.org
Oakland, CA native, Khadejhia Kassenbrock is the talented winner of the third Annual Daisy Rock Bangles/Vicki Peterson Scholarship at Musicians Institute. With 13 years of guitar playing experience, she specializes in rock and pop styles and comes to the MI Guitar Program with the commitment to be the best at what she does.
Khadejhia states that while at MI, “I hope to improve on my guitar playing and learn everything I need to become a successful musician.”
When asked why she chose to study at MI she adds, “I chose MI because they place so much emphasis on career development and staying relevant in the industry, and because they focus on teaching all kinds of music rather than limiting you to classical or jazz.”
She describes her future goals as: “I just want to make a living as a musician. Whether that’s through studio work, touring with a solo artist, or touring with my own band, I’m pretty much open to all opportunities.”
The Daisy Rock Scholarship is awarded to a newly enrolling female guitar student at MI who demonstrates outstanding musicianship, band performance skills and originality in the Rock/Pop genre. The award is named in honor of Vicki Peterson, who has been the guitarist for the groundbreaking multi-platinum, all female band The Bangles since their inception in 1981.
Everyone at MI welcomes Khadejhia to the fall class of the Guitar Program (GIT), and congratulates her on winning this very prestigious award!
Special thanks to our industry partner Daisy Rock Girl Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented female students like Khadejhia with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. To learn more about Daisy Rock Guitars and products click here: http://www.daisyrock.com/
Ontario, Canada native Courtney Meloche is the winner of the second annual Gilt City LA Scholarship at Musicians Institute. The newly enrolling Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Program student comes to MI having performed music during the last twelve years (in the folk-rock, pop, country, acoustic singer-songwriter and rock genres) and has been writing music since she was a young child.
Upon learning about her award, Courtney explains that she chose to study at MI because “the opportunities present there are not available to me by staying in small town Canada. Everything about the school feels like the perfect fit to me, and I am so excited about studying at MI!”
While at MI she plans to “work on improving my stage presence and live performance skills, learn more about my voice and how to use it to its full extent, and get more insight into the music industry and how it works.” After MI, Courtney’s career aspirations are to “get to a point where I am performing full time and making enough money from it to be financially stable. I want to tour a lot and see different corners of the world. I don’t necessarily aspire to be famous, but more than anything, I want to make music that resonates with people and makes them smile.”
Everyone at MI congratulates Courtney on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.
Special thanks to our industry partner, Gilt City LA for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Courtney with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
To learn more about the great products, experiences, and unique opportunities available thru Gilt City LA click here
The fourth annual Sennheiser Vocal Scholarship at Musicians Institute has been awarded to Monica Wicklund. Monica hails from the Chicago, IL area and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Vocal) Program at MI with a passion for pop as well as rock styles, and in possession of strong musicianship skills.
While attending Musicians Institute, Monica will focus on expanding her knowledge of “how to define myself as an artist, and market myself in order to build a long and sustaining career in the music industry.” She chose to attend MI because ”what really sold me on MI were the LPWs. I love the idea that 4 or 5 musicians who may have never even met, can get up on a stage and put on a legitimate performance! It’s amazing!”
Monica describes her future goals and aspirations as follows: “I’m a very ambitious person. My career goals aren’t limited to just one level of success. Success to me is being happy doing what I love. I want to make an impact with my music, and I want to be remembered. I still have a long way to go, to grow as a an artist and learn about this business. But, I do know that I will never limit myself as a musician and I want to always be able to grow and learn!”
Everyone at MI congratulates Monica on winning this prestigious award that supports the education and growth of a talented, evolving, and very deserving vocalist!
The scholarship is generously sponsored by MI scholarship partner, Sennheiser USA as a part of its sustaining commitment to support music education.
To learn more about the full range of exciting Sennheiser products, artists and news click here